NC Acting and Performance

The Course


The principal aims of the SQA National Certificate in Acting and Theatre Performance are outlined below to enable the learner to:

  • develop a range of appropriate skills in voice, movement, acting and stagecraft
  • integrate voice, movement, acting and stagecraft in production
  • work with text
  • work in rehearsal and performance creatively and innovatively
  • work cooperatively in teams
  • develop adaptability skills
  • develop an understanding of theatre practice
  • develop an ability to respond to direction
  • explore and develop an awareness of the self

This exciting new course sits in Group B of the National Certificate courses found here at UCAS and is worth 100 UCAS points for entry to a relevant course in the arts.

The course has four mandatory units that all students must pass to achieve the group award, these are

  • Drama: Voice Skills
  • Drama: Movement Skills
  • Acting Skills
  • Theatre Skills in Performance

Students who have sat SQA Higher Drama will automatically gain the award after completing the mandatory units above, those who haven’t completed Higher Drama need to sit 3 extra units from a variety of unit courses given by SQA.

This is a highly practical course with no final examination at the end therefore students need to be continually assessed throughout the year.

Completion of this course can lead to

  • HNC/D Acting and Performance
  • HNC/D Musical Theatre
  • BA Acting, Royal Conservatoire for Scotland
  • BA Contemporary Performance Practice, Royal Conservatoire for Scotland
  • BA (Hons) Drama and Performance, Queen Margaret University
  • BA Community Arts, Strathclyde University
  • BA Theatre Studies, Glasgow University
  • BA (Hons) Performance, University of the West of Scotland
  • Accredited Drama Schools throughout the UK
  • BA (Hons) Stage and Screen, Napier University


The National Certificate also aims to allow candidates to

  • develop communication and interpersonal skills
  • develop candidates’ skills as actors and performers
  • develop self-presentation skills
  • develop self-evaluative skills, enabling professional development
  • develop analytical skills
  • develop the ability to work independently
  • develop the confidence to perform to potential
  • develop professional attitudes


Students will be required to keep an Acting Journal of their journey throughout the year, this should underpin everything that they are learning throughout the course. 

Students will be required to read relevent material, watch interviews and write essays. 

Students will be required to attend rehearsals when needed and learn lines. 

Students will be required to attend live theatre.